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Parliamentary Reform — State of representation - History of Irish

boroughs-Wm. Ponsonby supports Reform-Mr. Grattan moves

for a committee-Mr, Corry's amendment—Mr. Grattan's resolutions

-Sir John Parnell's carried— Mr. Toler's motion - Stewart (Lord

Castlereagh) speaks in favour of it-Measure lost-Bad effect in Ire-

land — British Corresponding Societies -- Artifices of Mr. Dundas

(Lord Melville)-Formation of United Irishmen-Counter associa-

tion by the Duke of Leinster-Parties in Ireland-Disposition of her

governors, and conduct of Lord Clare–French Revolution-Death

of Louis XVI.--War with England-Defenders-Report of Lords'

Committee-Catholics cleared of the charges against them-Procla-

mation by Government-Lord Edward Fitzgerald's speech-Volun-

teers dispersed— Their cannon seized-Arms and Gunpowder Bill-

Sir Simon Butler and Oliver Bond imprisoned by the House of Lords

-Convention Bill-Place, Pension, and Barren Land Bills—The

hereditary revenue yielded by the King—End of Session, 1793—List

of placemen.

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Wolfe Tone goes from America to France-Urges the invasion of Ire-

land French forces——their failure — Letter to Mr. Grattan, and

despatch of Lord Lieutenant as to loyalty of Catholics—Measures in

Irish Parliament—Military proceedings in 1797_Imprisonments-

Arthur O'Connor arrested—General Lake's proclamation-North of

Ireland under military law — Mr. Grattan's motion negatived –

Excesses of the soldiery-Mr. Fox's motion in British Parliament for

lenient measures towards Ireland —Dr. Duigenan's motion against

Mr. Fox-Arrest of United Irishmen at Belfast-Report of Secret

Committee, May, 1797—Number, arms, finances, and plan of Society

-Its originators described by Dr. M‘Nevin – Trial of United Irish-

men-Curran's speech - Mr. Ponsonby's motion for reform and

emancipation—The Opposition Members secede— Feeling in England

and Ireland as to Mr. Pitt-Meetings and resolutions of the Irish in

defence of their rights—The Lord Lieutenant and the soldiery stop

them -Mr. Grattan declines to set up at the general election-

Addresses his constituents—They resolve not to attend the rustings

-He retires from the yeomanry-Goes to Castleconnell for his health

-His letter to his fellow-citizens-Lord Clare attacks Lord Ald-

borough and the leaders of the Opposition-Mr. Grattan defenda

them—Mr. Pitt disapproves of Lord Clare's conduct—Letter of Dr.

Haliday to Lord Camden-Mr. Fox and the Bishop of Waterford to

Mr. Grattan-His reply - Letters to Mr. Monck, Mr. M'Can, and the

Reverend Mr. Berwick

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